Proposal to allow Sunday growler sales removed in liquor bill

By KBJR News 1

Proposal to allow Sunday growler sales removed in liquor bill

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A part of the renewed push, this legislative session, to allow some Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota appears to be dead.

The Senate Tax Committee stripped a measure Monday morning that would allow the sale of growlers on Sundays.

The omnibus liquor bill still calls for taprooms to be open on Sundays and would allow breweries to refill growlers.

Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) says the growler provision was met with opposition primarily from the Teamsters Union.

“Minnesota has made a lot of progressive changes recently, but we continue to meet road blocks on the Sunday Sales issue," Sen. Reinert said. "We’re a state that's willing to support marriage equality and likely medical marijuana sales, but you can’t get a growler filled on Sunday? That just doesn't make sense. The craft brewing industry in Minnesota now accounts for some 8,000 jobs and $80,000,000 in revenue. These reasonable steps forward would only have furthered that growth."

The Omnibus liquor bill doesn't include fully legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

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